THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

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Education & Training with Performance Development Strategies

Is Sleepy Hollow a real place or just fiction name?  It is a real place.  Although the name described in Washington Irving’s story was based on real life the name did not always exist.  in 1996, after a couple of failed tries and much debate, residents voted 2-to-1 to change the name of the village to Sleepy Hollow, capitalizing on Irving's 1820 tale and people's growing fascination with the supernatural and Halloween.

When you think of American folklore and Halloween you can not avoid this legend. Now you can live it.  There are plenty of activities to enjoy or you can simply drive by the sights.  This town comes alive this time of year when the leaves change color.

This is an area renowned for ghosts and ghost stories.  The main character in the Legend is the headless horseman.  The are many stories involving who the headless horseman might be including the ghost of a Hessian Revolutionary War soldier whose head was shot off by a cannon ball.

Something I think is really cool is The Evening Lantern Tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.  I have visited this cemetery during the day but really you can’t begin to have the same experience.  And you will be traveling back in time.  Some of the residents there include William Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, John Dustin Archbold and others resting in peace in the north end. You won’t see it on the tour but you can come back during the day to see Washington Irving’s grave.

Here is a picture of the tour courtesy of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, a 501(c)3 organization.  More information is available at Sleeping Hollow Cemetery Tours.

It also says on the site, "Did you know Washington Irving lived through a viral epidemic, too? And why is he called the Original Knickerbocker anyway?"  I am not sure I know.  Maybe I should go on the tour this week.

This is my third post to Kathy Streib 's October Challenge - Help us fall in love with your area.

Comments (27)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like the look of that old Dutch church and enjoyed learning more about Sleepy Hollow.

Oct 27, 2021 05:04 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Laura - I would be worth a visit.  I visited when I lived in Islip long ago.

Jeff - yes, it definately is a great address to have.

Jeff - oh how neat is that.

Michael - I have always loved the area but this is the fun time.

Nina - oh wow.  The first time went was in the 70's when I lived on Long Island.

Kat - I am sure you have been to all of the area attractions of the Sleepy Hollow Restoration, Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, and Van Cordtland Manor.

Brian - this area is rich is history.

Oct 27, 2021 05:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, that would be very cool to live close and visit this time of year, the best of the best.

Oct 27, 2021 06:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Oct 27, 2021 07:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Grant,

What a fascinating story, and I remember the poem on this subject.  Wishing you a wonderful day.  A

Oct 27, 2021 07:13 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Sounds like it must be a fun and scary place to visit now. But, I don't think I would ever visit that cemetery at night!

Oct 27, 2021 07:14 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

grant- I would love to visit Sleepy Hollow!   I went on a ghost tour at night in Leesburg, VA and it was so interesting. I hope you'll go and write a post about it. BTW did you ever see the tv series Sleepy Hollow??

Oct 27, 2021 09:53 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Joan - it really is cool.  I would take any visitors there.

Roy - thank you and have a great day.

Ron and Alexandra - you can't avoid it when you learn about American Literature in school.

Kathy - no I have not seen tv series Sleepy Hollow.  Now I am curious.

Oct 27, 2021 11:05 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant I am not much for participating in scary events, but for those who are into that, this would be a but experience.

Oct 27, 2021 12:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well how about that sometimes changing a name is good, not erasing history:) Endre

Oct 27, 2021 10:54 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

George - this is more history than scary.

Endre - yes.  You are right this enhances history.

Oct 28, 2021 02:55 AM
Cathy Starkweather
La Rosa Realty, LLC. - Celebration, FL

This is a terrific post and how wonderful for you to live nearby such beauty; history and classic area during the Halloween season! I haven't visited and now that you bring it to my attention, I'm putting it on my travel list, hopefully during October next year! :) Thank you!

Oct 28, 2021 04:54 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Grant, I think of that story and immediately the Disney movie invades my mind with a running Icahbod Crane being chased by the horseman.

The noise was never enough to wake up Rip Van Winkle, however

Oct 28, 2021 06:51 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

A wonderful entry, Grant!

I know I would enjoy visting that graveyard, both daytime and nightime!

Oct 28, 2021 01:52 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Cathy - you will certainly enjoy it.

Ed - ha ha, yes Disney aways makes the memories.

Sharon - yes I agree that would be fun.

Oct 29, 2021 03:28 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That, my friend, is a very interesting story. Thank you for sharing Grant...

Oct 29, 2021 11:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant Schneider - The legends and the history are fascinating to hear.  In your area, there are hundreds of years of spooky tales to build upon.  

Oct 29, 2021 05:53 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Grant.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding weekend.

Oct 30, 2021 04:45 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Good morning Grant,  That is a great story.  I had no idea.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

Oct 31, 2021 04:08 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I can't imagine getting two-thirds of the population to vote on a name change for the town, but I bet it was profitable for tourism.

Oct 31, 2021 06:21 PM